To the Editor:
I recently have been reading about the closing of Community High School District 155’s Haber Oaks Campus. Anyone who has a child with special needs (myself included) can tell you how important routine and stability is to these individuals.
We should be more concerned about our children and future than “it’s all about the money.”
This brings me to the Haber Oaks
financials, which were reported in your paper. It was purchased in 2007 for
$1.3 million, plus $800,000 in renovations, and, recently, $56,750 was spent on a feasibility study to determine whether to close it and move the alternative school to Crystal Lake South.
District 155 has approved $700,000 on renovations to the first floor of the high school. The district reports that it will save $70,000 a year, and it might get
$1 million for Haber Oaks.
If you do that math, $2,856,750 spent minus $1 million when the building sells (not written in stone) equals $1,856,750. Divide this by $70,000 a year in savings, and that equals 26.5 years paid back.
If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. Think of the children!